WASHINGTON (October 3, 2012)—Conservatives are using a speech President Barack Obama delivered as a candidate in 2007 to accuse him of using racially charged rhetoric.
Fox News broadcast the video Tuesday night of the speech that news organizations including The Associated Press and Fox News covered at the time.
Fox host Sean Hannity says the remarks contain quote, "some of the most divisive class warfare and racially charged rhetoric ever used by Barack Obama."
The Drudge Report, a regular critic of Mr. Obama, wrote on Twitter that the video will "ignite accusations of racism - in both directions!"
The conservative attempt to stoke concern about the 5-year-old speech came on the eve of the first presidential debates as Romney trails Mr. Obama in national and state polls.
The Obama campaign says "Mitt Romney's allies" are re-circulating the speech to try to divert attention from Romney's comments about 47 percent of Americans not paying federal income taxes.